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Fragment of a Band with Birds and Trees

16th century
Overall: 5.4 x 23.5 cm (2 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
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Plant motifs, such as the blooming bushes found here, flanked by birds, were popular for their associations with well-being or blessing.

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This lace, made in Sicily, shows a close relationship to a pattern in a model book published in Lyon, France, a commercial center of printing and luxury textile trade with strong ties to Italy. The designs were based on a grid, making it easier for the lace maker to translate the printed image into needlework.
Fragment of a Band with Birds and Trees

Fragment of a Band with Birds and Trees

16th century

Italy, Sicily, 16th century

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